American women are being hit hard by President Obama’s failed economic policies, losing the vast majority of jobs during the president’s time in office, and giving up hope of finding work again.  Instead of addressing these challenges, Washington Democrats have resorted to the politics of division to paper over the real battle women are facing: getting a job in the Obama economy.  Here are a few alarming figures President Obama and Washington Democrats are trying to hide with their politically-motivated rhetoric: 

  • “The Lowest Rate of Labor Force Participation by American Women Since April 1993.” “324,000 women dropped out of the nation’s civilian labor force in March and April as the number of women not in the labor force hit an all-time historical high of 53,321,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. … This year (in both January and April), only 57.6 percent of the women in the civilian noninstitutional population were in the labor force. That is the lowest rate of labor force participation by American women since April 1993, according to historical data maintained by BLS.” (CNSNews.com, 5/9/12)
  • As of March, Women Accounted for 683,000 of the 740,000 Jobs Lost Under President Obama. “It’s true, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that between January 2009, when Obama took office, and March 2012, there has been a net decline of 740,000 jobs for both men and women, and that among women there has been a net loss of 683,000 jobs.” (FactCheck.org, 4/12/12)
  • Women Only Gained 12 Percent of the Jobs Added Since June 2009. (CNN Money, 4/20/12)
  • “The Number of Unemployed Single Women Has Grown by 12 Percent Since the President Was Sworn-Into Office.” (House Republican Conference, 5/8/12)
  • “The Poverty Rate Among Women Rose to 14.5 Percent Last Year, Up from 13.9 Percent in 2009 —the Highest Rate in 17 Years.” (The Daily Beast, 9/14/11)
  • There Are 400,000 Fewer Women Working Today Than When President Obama Signed the Failed ‘Stimulus’ Into Law, Despite His Promise that it Would Create 1.5 Million Jobs “Expected to Go to Women.” (House Ways & Means Committee, 5/11/12)

While Democrats have been busy dialing up the false rhetoric, the Republican-led House has continued to focus on helping the economy create jobs by addressing high gas prices, reining in the debt, and passing more than two dozen jobs bills - part of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators - that are being blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate.  The five million American women looking for jobs – and millions more who have given up hope - deserve action on these bills, and it is up to President Obama to call on Senate Democrats to pass them.  Learn more at jobs.gop.gov.